Korg monotron DUOItem ID: monotronDUO
Portable True-analog Ribbon Synthesizer with Dual Oscillators, Cross Modulation, Classic Analog Filter, Internal Speaker, Aux Input, and Headphone Jack
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This Pocket Synth Sounds Like a Modular Monster from the '70s!Korg's monotron DUO analog synthesizer is part of Korg's immensely popular mono-line of pint-sized analog synths - they sound huge yet fit in your pocket. The no-frills design gives you two voltage-controlled oscillators (hence the name DUO) and the same voltage-controller filter circuit from the revered Korg MS10 and MS20 synths. You get the thick, syrupy sound only possible with an analog circuit with the Korg monotron DUO.
The real secret weapon in the monotron DUO's sound-shaping arsenal is the X-MOD circuit (cross modulation) with intensity control. X-MOD lets you modulate the first oscillator with the signal from the second oscillator, creating new harmonics and overtones. The result? Metallic screeches, glistening bells, and robotic warbles are all just a knob twist away, and wouldn't be possible with a single-oscillator synth. You also get four modes to help you play the ribbon controller just the way you like: major scale, minor scale, chromatic, and no scale. Factor in the portability provided by battery operation, and you've got an incredible synth powerhouse in the Korg monotron DUO analog synthesizer!
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The Korg monotron DUO is a synth-enthusiasts dream come true!
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Marcy, Saint Louis, MO
Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
This doesn't need MIDI
by Kev from Charlotte, NCNice analog device that is really low cost but a good build. Ideal for guys like me that prefer to work from banks of samples. I can use this to record into audacity, export wave files, then use my sa... read more [+]mpler to adjust pitches, stretch sustain, and make music using a variety of samples from this machine. If you're the kind of guy that has to have his keyboard plugin to the device and record it into your daw then master a track, it's not really for you. If you want to do that with this, get sampling software (I use Maschine for this) that allows you to load up a sample and going into pad mode allows you to control the sample as if you were sending midi to the device. Now, since you can't adjust the parameters from the synth in real time, it's going to function like a SoundFont, but if you like to focus more on getting the sound to blend with your other tracks by using it inside your DAW, this is an ideal device. Especially for being only 50 bucks! close [-]
March 26, 2013
Music Background: Hobbyist, Student
A Unique Instrument
by David Black from TexasI really like the Monotron DUO. I was surprised at the wide variety of sounds it can produce. The cross modulation produces some very interesting sounds, and the ability of tuning the oscilllators apa... read more [+]rt is useful musically.
March 20, 2013
Music Background: Hobbyist
Also, the ability to set the mode to chromatic intervals, or glide mode, is great. I usually set it in the latter. In glide mode, rocking the finger to and fro on the ribbon will produce a nice vibrato. I enjoy playing the filter too, which will "wow" nicely with resonance set 2-3 o'clock.
It sounds good plugged into an amp, and I often run it through effects, particulalry echo/delay.
The DUO seems built better than the original monotron, and to me seems sturdier. It is quieter too, and the DUO does not have a noise issue like its predecessor.
The DUO is a unique instrument. I really enjoy mine. close [-]
I LIKE IT
by LEVAR from PHILADELPHIA PA.I LOVE THE SOUND BETTER THAN ANYTHING I EVER HEARRD BUT I WISH IT WAS MADE A LITTE STURDIER THE ALL PLASTIC DESIGHN SCARES ME ESPECIALLY THE SENSITIVE LITTLE BUUTONS THAT I THINK WILL PROBABLY BREAK S... read more [+]OON IN MY GEAR BAG BUT FOR THE PRICE AND THE SOUND YOU GET YOUR MONEYS WORTH close [-]
August 11, 2012
Music Background: RECORDING ENGINEER
by fromThis thing needs midi, because it's basically unplayable with that tiny ribbon keyboard. I like the simplicity and price, but it's nearly useless. like iphone synth apps.
August 16, 2012